Little Falls Girl Scouts Jasmin Pelzer and Alexis Chrisman, Troop 20354, have completed their Silver Award! The Silver Award is the second-highest award a Girl Scout can earn. It is completed by Cadette Scouts (grades 6-8); they must put in many hours to develop an ongoing project that benefits their local community outside of Girl Scouts.
Together, Jasmin and Alexis were inspired for their Silver Award Project by each of their family’s daycares. When one of the daycare’s children was diagnosed as having significant hearing loss, they realized there was a need for simple sign language guidance for some of the toddlers to communicate. Looking around, they realized there are other children in daycare that do not communicate well either and could benefit from learning these simple words and actions. They knew it was essential to design a way to teach the children and adults simple sign language.
From there, they decided to create posters for daycares, schools, doctor offices, and other places of business that would like to use them. Individual families may also use the posters. They are small enough to hang on a wall.
The girls also came up with the idea to make brochures to put at places where parents, grandparents, aunt, and uncles would frequent. These brochures explain what the project is and contact information if anyone would like a poster.
Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic hit during the middle of their project so they needed to change their way of thinking. Originally the girls were going to be available to help anyone needing to learn in person (and they still will), however, with Covid-19 restrictions in place, they needed to come up with a new way to get their information out to the public. So, they came up with a Google classroom where people can go to and the girls will explain how to do the hand signs.
The brochure also includes a code to access Google classroom.